++Each week Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore’s, guitarist for Lacuna Coil, will be checking in with Guitar World with updates from Lacuna Coil’s headlining U.S. tour for their new release, Shallow Life.++
July, Sunday, 26th - Chico, CA
Chico seems like a pretty nice town. When I wake up and have my morning (ok, afternoon...) espresso, I look outside the tour bus windows and we’re parked by a park. There are trees everywhere and today’s venue is a theatre. Everybody’s out for a walk or looking for a bite to eat and, after snacking something, I decide to wander inside.
The crew’s been hard at work already and the stage’s almost set. CriZ, our drummer has had some problems with his wrist and he’s looking for a physiotheraphist in town but, but because it’s Sunday he can’t find anyone so decides to go to a nearby hospital instead.
Unfortunately, the ER is full of people and he can’t stay because it’s getting late and he comes back to the venue right in time for soundcheck. Hopefully he’ll be able to play tonight. His wrist really hurts and we’re even considering canceling the show, which is something we never had to do before. It’s a tough decision because, for one, we don’t wanna disappoint our fans and, for two, because it would mean losing a lot of money that we need to make sure the expenses for the tour stay as low as possible!
After a long discussion, and a few painkillers, it’s decided that we’re gonna play. It’s a gamble but we’re ready to at least try. We only have two more shows before we head back to Europe for 10 days and the other bands are all talking about pranks that would happen onstage. It’s kind of a ritual that when a tour ends all the bands play jokes to the one another and since we’ve been friends with Seventh Void’s Johnny and Kenny we know we should expect the worst...
And sure enough while we’re on, here they come! They walk onstage while we play “Heaven’s a Lie,” in their underwear, with pillows and start hitting everybody. It’s hard to play when somebody beats the crap outta you and you laugh so hard you actually have tears coming outta your eyes! It’s a lot of fun though: they even bring an armchair onstage and Cristina and Marco sit on it while playing the final part of “Enjoy the Silence” while Johnny “helps” CriZ playing drums.
Lacuna Coil getting comfy
The show’s great but some people, seeing this crazy stuff going on, decide to walk onstage as well and our crew have to take ‘em off the stage right during the encore... Crazy night indeed!
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